An Elixir wrapper around pigpiod for the Raspberry PI
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Pigpiox is a wrapper around pigpiod for the Raspberry Pi. For all of pigpio's features, check out its documentation.


To use Pigpiox, pigpiod must be included in your firmware. Currently, this is included by default on nerves_system_rpi0, but not on other Pi systems.

If you'd like to use Pigpiox on one of those systems, customize the nerves system you're interested in, and add BR2_PACKAGE_PIGPIO=y to its nerves_defconfig.


In your firmware's mix.exs, add pigpiox to your deps for your system target:

def deps(target) do
  [ system(target),
    {:pigpiox, "~> 0.1"}


Adding pigpiox as a dependency to your system will automatically launch the pigpio daemon and open a socket to communicate with it. To interact with pigpiod, Pigpiox provides various modules exposing different areas of functionality:


Basic functionality

The Pigpiox.GPIO provides basic GPIO functionality. Here's an example of reading and writing a GPIO:

gpio = 17

Pigpiox.GPIO.set_mode(gpio, :input)
{:ok, level} =

Pigpiox.GPIO.set_mode(gpio, :output)
Pigpiox.GPIO.write(gpio, 1)

Watching a GPIO

When reading a GPIO, often it's useful to know immediately when its level changes, instead of having to constantly poll it. Here's an example:

{:ok, pid} =

After setting up a watch on a GPIO pin, the calling process will receive messages of the format {:gpio_leveL_change, gpio, level} as its level change.


The Pigpiox.Waveform module provides functions that allow you to create and send waveforms on the Raspberry Pi. Here's an example of pulsing a GPIO on and off every 500ms:

pulses = [
  %Pigpiox.Waveform.Pulse{gpio_on: gpio, delay: 500000},
  %Pigpiox.Waveform.Pulse{gpio_off: gpio, delay: 500000}


{:ok, wave_id} = Pigpiox.Waveform.create()

Pigpiox.GPIO.set_mode(gpio, :output)


All documentation available on hexdocs.


This library is still in a very early stage, and I'd appreciate any and all contributions. In particular, a short-term goal is getting feature parity with the python pigpiod client library.